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Social Saturday | October 23 (Some Exciting News…)

I have some very exciting to share with you this social saturday….I have started to display my artwork at a local gallery!

This is a dream of mine that I have been wanting to happen for a long time, and I made it one of my goals for this year. And now, just a few months away from the end of the year, I have actually taken the plunge and got my photography and watercolours hanging on the walls of the Upper Level Pottery and Art Gallery! I will be there for the next four months (maybe more). I’ve brought just a small amount of work to begin with, but have a few more pieces almost ready to bring and add to the wall. Anyways, that’s all I have to share for today…I hope your weekend is going well!

Social Saturday | July 31

stack of books with a cup of tea on top

Here we are already at the end of July and beginning of August! The summer seems to be going past very quickly- how about for you?

This has been the Year of Reading for me- I’ve just finished book #33. I’ve been trying to spend my evenings reading, rather than browsing the internet. It’s been nice to get through quite a few of the books on my list, although of course, as soon as I cross one off, I find several more to add to the bottom!

vintage copy of Mistress Pat book

I requested Mistress Pat by L.M Montgomery from the library (review: not my favourite of her books, but still enjoyable) and the copy I received was this beautiful first edition from 1935! I love it when they keep older editions of books in circulation, rather than replacing them all with new copies.

mallard duckling

We had some exciting visitors to our place; my sister walked out the back door, and spotted two lost Mallard ducklings in the flower bed! When their mom never showed up, we brought them inside and put them in a brooder, and then my mom brought them to the wildlife rescue shelter a couple days later. They were so tiny and cute, and actually very quiet as well. (At least compared to the chick we’ve got inside; we named him Mortimer, because he never stops cheeping!) They were hard to photograph and got a little bit panicked when my sister picked them up, but I’m glad I got a couple of pictures to remember them by.

three tiny paintings of potted plants

I’ve been working on some more watercolour illustrations; this time houseplants. I’ve been trying out this mini format- just 4″ x 4″ and I quite like it. So far I’ve done a Kalanchoe, a grouping of Cacti and a Pothos.

I’ve added them to my Society 6 shop as greeting cards or mini prints. There are “hello”, “happy birthday” and “thank-you” cards as well as blank ones available. I will also be listing these original paintings in my shop here, but am waiting for some mats I ordered to arrive first (hopefully they arrive soon!).

card with pothos on front

Ps: I’ve also added some more photography prints to my shop, and am slowly adding more as I have the time.

How has your summer been going so far? I hope you have a great weekend!

two card designs with plants on the front

Some New Old Artwork

starry sky painting in a mat

Well, I vanished there for a little bit…but I have been busy while I’ve been gone! I rediscovered some of my watercolour pieces from a couple of years ago that I never completed or developed and decided that now was a good time to finish them up.

I’ve also been taking new product photos for my shop and have slowly been adding and updating the pieces in both my Poshmark and Artyologist Shops.

straw hat and mountains original paintings

These two originals are now available here or here. They come with an 8×10 white mat, so they are ready to pop into a frame. I think that the straw hat illustration would be perfect for a dressing room/area or a little girls’ room!

I’ve also got four new card designs in my Society 6 shop.

hello and many thanks cards

A simple “Hello” card for any occasion. And I liked the hearts from my Valentine collection, and thought that a thank-you card would be another nice option.

hat and sunglasses cards

The straw hat also makes a cute little “thinking of you” card. And finally these retro white sunglasses! I painted this for a “summer” prompt on Instagram a few years ago, and thought it would be a perfect “congratulations” card. I can see this one being good for a graduation or maybe even a wedding.

That’s all for today. I hope to be back with some more new posts, but we’ve had such a heat wave lately, and now smoke from the forest fires, so it makes taking photos rather difficult, unfortunately. I hope you have been enjoying your summer and that you have a great weekend!

Going Back to Something I Love

turquoise and mint ribbon flower headband with pearls

If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a minute, you’ll know how much I love hair accessories and hats! A good hair accessory can really top off your outfit, and I think it’s a shame that they are not as commonly worn today as they have been in the past. (Though I hope they might be making a slow comeback?)

A few years ago I made several hair accessories- headbands and clips- and tried selling them at the local markets and craft sales, but it didn’t catch on, so I ended up putting that hobby to the side. However, I do still quite like making ribbon flowers and bows and trying out new ideas for hair accessories and other millinery adventures… so I’ve decided to start making them again. I enjoy the process of crafting and stitching and I have so many ideas floating around in my head, so I decided that it was about time I brought some of those to fruition.

a polka dot bow headband and a pleated flower headband

I sold some of my older pieces last year on my Poshmark shop, so I decided this past week to make a few more pieces and list them over there. I haven’t added them to my shop here on the blog, because I am not sure about the shipping so, for right now, these are only available within Canada in my Poshmark shop. (However, if you are international, and are interested, please let me know as I would like to also look into the logistics of adding them to my shop here in the future.)

So that’s all for now, I hope, dear Reader, that you are having a lovely Saturday, however you are spending it!

organza flower headband

flower headband and shoeclips

The Artyologist Turns Five & I’ve Opened a Shop!

5 candles

Today is my blog’s 5th birthday! I can’t believe that it’s already been five years since the first time I pressed “publish”. (so scary!)

So to commemorate this occasion, I wanted to share some exciting news:

I have expanded my online shop and opened my own online storefront! This was a very long time coming (too long) and I am so excited to finally hit “publish” on that now too. You can find my new and improved shop page here or at the link in my sidebar or in the top menu.

the artyologist art shop

There are now three places you can shop. First, with The Artyologist shop, I have started small as I wanted to try it out and see how it goes (since it is my first foray into online selling on my own platform.) I have just a few products listed right now, including greeting cards, prints and a couple of original paintings. I plan to list some more items in the near future. I’m so excited to actually have started this shop, especially since that was one of my goals when I started this blog five years ago…it took a while, but we’re here now.

Since I have no idea what I’m doing, it might take me a while to get the hang of it, so please let me know if you run into any problems with it.

And to celebrate the Grand Opening, you can use the code ANNIVERSARY10 to receive 10% off. (I thought that 5% off was too small of a celebration!) The coupon will be valid for two weeks, until February 10, 2021.

The second new way to shop is through my Poshmark closet. While Poshmark is mostly a clothing app, since they have a flat rate shipping, this is an excellent way to get some of the bigger framed pieces and canvases shipped for only $12.99, instead of whatever Canada Post would charge – a lot I’m sure! Unfortunately this is only available within Canada. I’ve also got some other things listed there from my closet clear out, as well some handmade hair accessories and shoe clips, with plans to add more of those things in the future.

poshmark artyologist art shop

And finally, in my Society 6 shop you can find products such as greeting cards and phone accessories, as well as prints and canvases. Remember when I said I planned to add some of my Valentine’s card designs to my shop… three years ago? Well, I have added five of those card designs to the shop now, just in time for Valentine’s Day (just over 2 weeks away)! You can get them in cards, mini prints and some of them in stickers too, just for fun. I would like to create more stationery designs in the future, since I love sending people notes in the mail.

five new valentine card designs in the society 6 shop

Now, for a few blogging announcements…

Since quitting social media, I’ve realized that some of my favourite bloggers have stopped blogging in the past few years, and it’s sad not being able to see their new projects and outfits. Since I don’t want that to happen here, I thought that I had better start to put out some posts myself!

If you are a blogger, why don’t you leave your blog name in a comment? Or if you don’t blog, what is one of your favourites to follow? I’m sure we’d all love to find some more people to follow.

Speaking of followers, in the past I have used Bloglovin’ as a feed reader, but it seems like it’s fallen out of popularity lately. It has gotten so glitchy and overrun with bots and my last few posts haven’t shown up there for weeks, which is quite disappointing. Sometimes other peoples’ posts don’t show up for me either, so I’ve switched to Feedly, so I won’t miss anyone’s new posts. If you’re following me on Bloglovin’, and having been missing notifications for new posts, you can sign up for email notifications in the form in my sidebar.

Finally, one site I pretty much avoided, ever since it was created, is Pinterest. I don’t really know why, because it’s actually a great place to save inspiration photos, especially for sewing project ideas! I’m pretty new to the whole pinning thing, but I’ve created a few boards over there and hopefully I’ll get better over time, I’ve added a link to my page in the sidebar and my username there is theartyologist.

So, those are a few new things coming up… Thank-you to all of you reading this, it really means so much to me that you take time out of your day to see what I have to share. Without you Dear Readers, I really would be typing into the void, so thank-you again for the past five years, and here’s to the next five!

❤︎ Nicole